Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2018 exhibition
The 2018 Meroogal Women's Art Prize exhibition has now closed
You can view a list of the winners on this page, along with an image gallery of all the finalists’ art works. Sign up to our eNews to keep updated on what’s happening at Meroogal and our other houses and museums.
The work of 35 female artists is exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal and its garden and grounds, throwing new light on the stories of the people who lived there and the house’s rich collection of objects.
Take a guided tour of the house and exhibition, vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Awards and leave your mark on the progressive 'Water picnic' outdoor installation.
2018 PRIZE WINNERS
1st Prize: $7000, SLM membership, and a Bundanon Trust artist-in-residence scholarship
Tamara Dean, Transience, photograph
Transience depicts the ever-present, ever-changing play of light and shadow across the house. Judge Lisa Havilah commented: ‘Tamara has perfectly captured the changing beauty and histories of Meroogal. The shadow cast by banksia rose so beautifully represents the interconnectedness of the house and its gardens’.
2nd Prize: $3000 and SLM membership
Kim Davies, Carpet moth, hessian, cotton fabric, woollen and cotton yarn, wire, upholstery tacks
Carpet moth pays tribute to the industriousness of the people who lived here, and to the role of the museum, attempting to still the corruption of time, dust and moths so that we may glance back into the women’s everyday lives.
Highly Commended Award: SLM membership and solo exhibition opportunity at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra
Beth Norling, not all things are washed away, soap, ink
Alluding to the loss of the family’s possessions in a devastating 1860 flood at Terara, this work depicts objects that remain at Meroogal and imagines the moments that are forever gone.
$500 and SLM membership. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the International Women’s Day awards ceremony held at Meroogal in March 2019.
List of finalists
Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018 gallery
Winner, Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018: Tamara Dean, 'Transience'
Winner, Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018 - Tamara Dean, 'Transience', photograph.
Second place, Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018: Kim Davies, 'Carpet moth'
Second place, Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018 - Kim Davies, 'Carpet moth', hessian, cotton fabric, woollen and cotton.
Highly commended, Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018: Beth Norling, 'Not all things are washed away'
Highly commended, Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018 - Beth Norling, 'Not all things are washed away' (detail), Soap, ink.
Mary van den Berk, 'Meroogal garden & chooks'
Mary van den Berk, 'Meroogal garden & chooks', Pen, ink, acrylic, embroidery thread on canvas.
Sherna Teperson, 'Soft shuffle through Meroogal'
Sherna Teperson, 'Soft shuffle through Meroogal', Air-dried bread, PVA, acrylic domes, perspex, silicone sealant, cotton, porcelain plates.
Erin Griffiths, 'The Meroogal story collar'
Erin Griffiths, 'The Meroogal story collar', hemp string with seed, wood and recycled glass beads.
Kaye Schumack, 'Belle feeding hens in back paddock'
Kaye Schumack, 'Belle feeding hens in back paddock', ink, charcoal, pastel on handmade paper.
Penny Sudabin, 'Interior landscape of the garden shed'
Penny Sudabin, 'Interior landscape of the garden shed', oil, pencil, collage elements (plywood, steel nail, broom handle) on plywood board.
Tania Maria Mastroianni, 'Under the jacaranda tree and other visitations'
Tania Maria Mastroianni, 'Under the jacaranda tree and other visitations', Watercolour, ink, glitter, pencil, texta, iridescent medium, pearlescent pigments, metallic pigment, water-based glue on 300g Arches paper.
Latest news from Meroogal
Armistice Day: ‘the bells are ringing’Friday 9 November 2018
In early November 1918, Australians knew that the end of World War I was imminent and that an armistice was about to be signed between Germany and the Allies. After some false reports and premature peace rejoicings, the armistice was finally signed in France at 5am on Monday 11 November and came into effect at 11am Paris time. Reverend Tom Thorburn, Presbyterian minister, described how events unfolded in a letter written a few days later to his sister Tot Thorburn at Meroogal in Nowra.